Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Length: 63,000 word approx.
Campo Royale Series
Book #1 - The Viking and the Drag Queen - All Buy Links
Is he brave enough to stop hiding behind his persona and give love one final try?
Jordan Stevens has crammed a lot of living into his fifty years. Some of those years have been good, some bad, and some he would just as soon forget. The world isn't always kind to an aging queen. Lovers begin to scamper into forbidden fields, your padding tends to slip, and you spend more time with egg whites than most pastry chefs. Heartache is nothing new to the man who embodies the acid-tongued Sitka Patel on stage every night, which led Jordan to vow to never trust another man under eighty again. He has his club, his drag family, and his Bombay cat, Heckle. Who needs the hassle? That philosophy had served him well until a stunning young thing with dark chocolate eyes shows up at the back door of Campo Royale with a suitcase, a sad story, and a dream.
From the time he was old enough to spell the word sequin, Yampier Perez knew that someday he'd be wearing them. One of three children born to Cuban immigrants, Yampier was always a little glitzier than the other neighborhood boys. His love of fashion design and performance arts was barely tolerated at home and even less so in the hallways of his rural Georgia high school. Yet, Yampier never let his light to be doused, not even the day his older brother caught him modeling his sister's prom dress. Beaten, disowned, and on his own before graduation, he found himself having to work seedy jobs, doing even seedier things, until he saved enough cash to head to the Big Apple. That money has now run out, leaving him stuck in Wilmington with no food, no place to stay, and no family. Little does he know that stumbling into the Campo Royale Club, half frozen and weak from hunger, is about to bring him everything he has yearned for.
The Bachelor and the Cherry is a slow burn gay age gap romance that features an aging drag queen, a virginal newcomer, lots of sass, wigs galore, hurt/comfort, family found, and a richly sequined happy ending.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.
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The Bachelor and The Cherry was witty and sweet. The second in V.L. Locey’s Campo Royale series, I’m finding I am falling in love with a entire set of new characters.
Jordan, aging queen and owner of a drag club was larger than life as he waded through business and love. Yampier, a much younger man who landed on Campo’s doorstep, took a chance in his feelings for the older man in search of his happily ever after.
The dynamics between the two very different men meshed, creating a dynamic that eased the storyline along. While difficult topics skimmed beneath the surface, I found the book refreshing and witty.
The snip and snap of the men who became queens, the very dramatic yet loving housekeeper, Jordan’s outspoken aunt, and eventually Yampier’s sister - all added to the appeal of the club and the lives they integrated.
Can an aging queen and a young buck mix and match? Only Ms. Locey could pull this off – and yes, she did.
A five handcuff review